The Cherokee called the area around Toccoa, Georgia “The Great Blue Hills of God.” Toccoa-Stephens County is indeed heaven for outdoors enthusiasts, offering fishing, swimming and all water sports in Lake Hartwell, hiking on Currahee Mountain, the Frady Branch Trail System, golf, and so much more.
Toccoa has been named a “Top 200 Best Towns for Outdoorsmen” by Outdoor Life magazine, and Backpacker Magazine named Toccoa’s Panther Creek Trail a “Top 100 Hikes in America.”
Toccoa is perhaps best known for Toccoa Falls, a 186-foot waterfall, higher than Niagara Falls, found on the campus of Toccoa Falls College.
More water fun is found on Lake Hartwell. Also known as the “Great Lake of the South,” Lake Hartwell is one of the largest, most visited man-made reservoirs east of the Mississippi River. With nearly 56,000 acres of water and a shoreline of 962 miles, visitors enjoy excellent fishing, swimming and all watersports.
Stephens County Recreation Area has the Broken Bridge fishing pier and is one of 4 boat access ramps to Lake Hartwell. North of the lake is Yonah Dam Park and the Tugaloo River access for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking.
Currahee Mountain (Cherokee for “stands alone”) is the firs mountain in the Blue Ridge mountain chain. Explore it on foot or on a mountain bike. If you want to test yourself, take the Colonel Robert F. Sink Trail three miles up Currahee Mountain and three miles down. This is the famous training site of the 501st, 506th, 511th and 517th Parachute Infantry Regiments, who trained at Currahee Mountain during WWII.